Edward 'Ted' Charles Cook, 92
Edward “Ted” Charles Cook, 92, of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Ted was born March 12, 1922 in Paris, Idaho to Eldon W. Cook and Florence Shirley Cook. During his early life, he lived in Pegram, Idaho; Paris, Idaho; Provo, Utah; and Snowflake, Ariz.
In Pegram, he lived on a ranch that his family homesteaded. In 1957, a job advancement with the Department of Agriculture took him from the ranch to Blackfoot, Idaho. Ted “left the ranch, but the ranch never left him.” Over the next few years, any opportunity that he had, he would return to work on the ranch. In 1962, he built the family home on a small acreage in Groveland, Idaho, where he lived until his passing.
Ted served in the United States Army during World War II where he was stationed at Fort Ord, Calif. In 1949, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University.
On Oct. 16, 1951 he finally caught up with his love, Rowena May Burdick and they were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple.
Ted was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in multiple callings, including; bishop, High Priest group leader, a high councilman, Elder’s quorum president and various positions in the young men's program.
Ted worked at the ASCS Office of the Department of Agriculture, where he retired as the Bingham County executive director after more than 30 years of service. After his retirement, he did not slow down. He learned the bee business with Miller Honey and enjoyed every minute he spent traveling and working with bees.
Ted’s love for gardening created another avenue to spend his time. He loved learning about plants, trees, weeds and grafting. For 20 years, he worked with the Master Gardeners throughout Southeastern Idaho. He became a well-known expert on grafting and weeds. He enjoyed both sharing his passion for gardening and his knowledge with anyone who was interested.
Ted enjoyed raising livestock, including chickens, horses, cows, ducks, pigs, turkeys, swans, and award- winning sheep and rabbits. He also enjoyed the many hours he spent watching and cheering for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they participated in sporting events, music programs, and dance recitals. He was always proud of their accomplishments.
Ted performed many hours of community service as an active member of the Lions Club and Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP). One of his legacies is his work with many organizations to preserve the history of our community. He assisted the SUP in moving and restoring an historic log cabin now located in the North Bingham County Park.
Ted made friends wherever he went and he leaves his friends with many good memories of him.
Ted is survived by his wife and best friend, Rowena, of Blackfoot; son, Dwight E. Cook (Neil), of Long Beach, Calif.; daughters, Bonnie Lee Cook Anderson (Dallas), of Blackfoot; LouAnn Cook Gilchrist (Neil), of Kirksville, Mo.; Laurie Cook Browning (Dale), of Wasilla, Alaska; sister, Zelda Evans, of Montpelier, Idaho; 13 grandchildren and 43 great- grandchildren.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Shirl Eldon Cook.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Groveland 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 155 North 380 West in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and again for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Groveland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Ted’s family would like to thank the members of the LDS Groveland 2nd Ward, Blackfoot Home Health and Hospice, Dr. Kirk McKinlay and Ann Ropp for their kind and loving care.